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Complete Genome Sequence Resource for the Necrotrophic Plant-Pathogenic Bacterium Pectobacterium carotovorum WPP14

Yingyu Liu, Tyler C. Helmann, Paul Stodghill, Melanie J. Filiatrault
Plant disease 2021 v.105 no.1 pp. 196-198
Pectobacterium carotovorum, Puccinia striiformis f. tritici, Triticum, breeding lines, breeding programs, cultivars, disease resistance, durability, fungi, genetic markers, genome-wide association study, genotyping, loci, mature plants, nucleotide sequences, plant breeding, plant pathogenic bacteria, quantitative trait loci, races, resistance genes, seedlings, stripe rust, virulence, winter wheat, Washington (state)
Pectobacterium spp. are a major cause of loss in vegetable and ornamental plant production. One of these species, Pectobacterium carotovorum, can cause soft rot disease on many plants, particularly potato. These diseases lead to significant economic loss and pose food security threats by reducing crop yields in the field, in transit, and during storage. The Gram-negative enterobacterium P. carotovorum WPP14 is a particularly virulent strain for which there is no available closed genome, limiting the molecular research for this important pathogen. Here, we report a high-quality complete and annotated genome sequence of P. carotovorum WPP14. The 4,892,225-bp genome was assembled with Nanopore reads and polished with Illumina reads, yielding 394× and 164× coverage, respectively. This closed genome provides a resource for research on improved detection and biology of P. carotovorum, which could translate into improved disease management.